Engineering Undergraduate Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate 

The EDGE program identifies, molds and mentors engineering students interested in considering a career as an entrepreneur and provide them the skills necessary to channel creative innovation into ventures that add value.

Program description

Engineers today must be trained to not only solve problems but to participate in bringing new ideas and products to market. This certificate program exposes and trains engineering students in the entrepreneurial skills required to commercialize new ideas, technologies and products. The EDGE program allows students to take courses in entrepreneurial marketing, finance, law and management in combination with the traditional engineering courses in their major. Students also have the opportunity to put their learning into action by way of an entrepreneurial Capstone project in their field of study.

Program highlights

  • 15-16 credit hours (some courses may count toward departmental engineering requirements)
  • Includes core business courses
  • Hands-on "capstone" project
  • Business launch support

Admission requirements and prerequisites

  • Students must be concurrently enrolled in or have completed an undergraduate degree (B.S.) in engineering with a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative major GPA
  • Students currently pursuing a B.S. in engineering must have completed at least 60 credits of undergraduate coursework and be enrolled in the professional engineering program of their discipline. 

Certificate requirements and standards  

To earn the EDGE Certificate in Engineering Entrepreneurship, students must complete the following set of courses:

  • FIN 3290: Business Finance
  • MKT 3300: Marketing Management
  • BE 5800:  Legal Aspects of Engineering Entrepreneurship
  • MGMT 5650: Entrepreneurial Management
  • CHE 4800, CE4995, ECE 4600, IE 4800/4880, ME 4500, BME 4910/4920, ET 4999: Student Capstone Project

All students must earn at least a C in each of the courses to be applied toward the certificate and complete the coursework with a minimum overall GPA of 2.0.

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  • Nancy Philippart, Executive-in-Residence of the College of Engineering's Ventures Program
  • Or you can speak with your academic advisor for more details.